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  1. Between grants and loans, about half of your tuition is the maximum you will receive. I don't know if there is an actual OSAP-stated maximum, but between myself and all my classmates, it seems that around 14-16K is the norm (and we are all supporting ourselves financially). You may get more in your clerkship year since its a 3 semester year, I think we got around 20K. The rest of the tuition and rent and other spending is expected to be supported through a personal LOC.
  2. When you do 100 consecutive passages without getting any questions wrong. Then and only then should you write the MCAT.
  3. I have not had this issue before and I've gotten OSAP every year for medical school (including going into 4th). Don't have any advice really, just confirming that I disagree with what was said by the school. I have never heard of that ridiculous expectation.
  4. If that is the question then yes. Otherwise just answer what the prompt is asking.
  5. It would be a bit of a shady move, but you could always accept the first job offer, start work while interviewing for the second job, and then quit for this new opportunity if you get it (provided quitting the first job will not be burning important bridges). It is hard to say how appropriate this would be without knowing more about the specific positions.
  6. robclem21

    Research as a First Year

    Your self-promotion sucks. OP, the only part of the above advice I would listen to is the last part, "Don't listen to everything people tell you", starting with RandomBeaver. I wouldn't be so quick to bash the advice given on this forum, especially when you only have 4 posts. The advice given here is based on members' own experiences (which has proven to be successful), and since there isn't a single way to get into medical school in Canada, there are many different types of advice someone will receive when they ask a question here. Yes research can be important, but it is such a small part of the application. As others have stated, GPA is the most important factor and after that, extra-curriculars that demonstrate all CANMEDS roles (which can include, but is not limited to research).
  7. This would depend on your academy. You also have another year to think about it since you are only entering second year.
  8. If it is an organized program, you should follow the procedures outlined by the application. Otherwise, you can just email people you are interested in working with. I have secured projects via both routes. You will find it much easier to connect with supervisors and obtain an email response when you mention you're a medical student compared to undergrad where most emails will get ignored.
  9. Hi there, Will do my best to answer your questions: 1) The differences in those areas will mainly be determined by the individual labs and supervisors, as well as the field and the particular project. There is vast variability even within those fields. Typically, translational and clinical research take a bit longer than standard epidemiological since they involve participants and experimentation vs. just analyzing data. Also, any field of interest is usually amenable to a systematic review and meta-analysis which is a good project for someone with little to no research experience. I think the minimum time frame for a project is from 6 months to 1 year (with the latter being more likely). This will be impacted by the project, the involvement of others, and your own speed. But for someone with no experience I would say at least 1 year including peer review process, revisions etc. 2) It is only important if you are trying to get into a very very competitive field (i.e. ophtho, ENT, plastics, etc.). Otherwise, having it related to your field is helpful but not essential. There is still benefit and value in undertaking research in an unrelated field and it will not hinder your applications 3) This is dependent on the lab and or program at the school. Most official research programs will be funded for "x" period of time, but any unfinished work would likely have to be finished on your own schedule and would be unpaid. Unless you specifically speak to your supervisor about this ahead of time. Each situation is different.
  10. The whole purpose of the history and physical is to determine whether or not you need to 1) investigate, 2) treat, 3) refer (either to ED or to a specialist) or 4) reassure and watchfully wait. There are many times where you can identify the cause of something based solely on history and physical. Is there a chance you may miss something, just with those alone? Of course there is. But there is also a chance that you will miss something with a diagnostic test, or equally as bad, pick up something thats not there leading to more invasive testing. Medicine is a balance of probabilities and most of the time we are making decisions based on the balance of benefit and harm. If you have a history that clearly indicates that chest pain is benign (no red flags present in a young healthy patient), then it does not make sense to send them to the ED for further workup, but rather watch and follow-up. You need to balance and appropriately use resources as well as manage patients. Again, not every headache requires referral to a neurologist. But of course, some do. There is a very specific list of red flags for headaches that may suggest a more serious cause, but most headaches can be classified based on history alone by any good doctor. Neurologists will get pissed at you if you waste their time by sending them tension and migraine headaches every day (since you will see this daily as a family doctor). Again, it is important to be able to recognize and triage patients based on your history and physical, without relying on testing and specialists. And as always, there is a chance you will miss something, but thats why its important to follow-up with patients and follow their symptom progression until a time where referral may be warranted.
  11. A car is no longer considered an "asset" by OSAP (as it used to be), so no, it will not affect the amount of loans/grants you qualify for.
  12. robclem21

    Terrible ECs? IDK how to improve.

    This post is ridiculous. Read it again and then think about it. I will not waste more time dignifying this.
  13. robclem21

    Parking at MAM

    If you are planning to drive to campus frequently then it is the best option. Regular parking is $16/day on weekdays and 6$/day on weekends otherwise. They also ticket regularly if you try to just not pay (that's always an option though).
  14. Will all depend on your ECs and how you portray them. Everything else looks competitive (although I'll be honest in that I haven't kept up with MCAT cutoffs. If you hit those then you're fine).
  15. robclem21

    Financial Aid?

    This is not true. There are quite a few people that end up getting financial aid in the form of bursaries (UTAPS) from UofT. These can range from 2-4K per semester and are usually based on your income/other financial factors. I can't comment on the exact criteria, but if you are on OSAP you will be automatically considered for them and should be successful. There are also additional named scholarships that you can apply for but these are much more difficult to secure. There is also an alumni fund that offers a 2K interest-free loan to UofT students. You will learn more about this during O-week and via email from the school.